Fellowship Associate

Posted September 9, 2015 by Joy Lawson

People For the American Way Foundation conducts research, legal, and education work on behalf of First Amendment freedoms and democratic values; monitors, exposes, and challenges the Religious Right movement and its political allies; identifies, trains, and supports the next generation of progressive leaders through its Young People For youth leadership programs and its Young Elected Officials Network; and carries out nonpartisan voter education, registration, civic participation, and election protection activities.

Young People For (YP4) is a progressive leadership development program focused on identifying, engaging, and empowering the next generation of progressive leaders. YP4 is dedicated to identifying young campus and community leaders, engaging them, and supporting them with the skills and resources they need to create change. Together, People For and YP4 are building a long-term network of emerging leaders committed to protecting our nation’s fundamental rights and freedoms.

YP4 has three overarching priorities: 1) to diversity leadership in the progressive movement; 2) to support young leaders to effect change in their communities now; and 3) to ensure that young leaders are sustained in their leadership over the long term. The core of YP4 is our one-year fellowship for progressive college students, which supports and empowers them to create change now on their campuses and in their communities. The 2015 fellowship class is comprised of 120 fellows from 98 campuses in 35 states and is the next generation of YP4’s growing network of over 1,300 alumni across the nation.

The position is located in Washington, DC and reports to the Fellowship Program Manager.


  • Support fellows’ social justice work on their campuses or in their communities and work with them to design, implement and evaluate their Blueprints for Social Justice and Individualized Leadership Development Plans.
  • Assist with the budget, scholarship, and reporting for Blueprints for Social Justice.
  • Execute and evaluate the core fellowship’s mentorship program, curriculum development, program evaluations, and impact assessment.
  • Supervise the YP4 Fellowship team’s fall, spring and summer interns, their orientation to the work and throughout their internship experience.
  • Coordinate alumni and partner trainers for YP4 Regional Trainings and the National Summit
  • Coordinate all YP4’s training facilitation, curriculum and speaker engagements at non-YP4 events and conferences.
  • Support and maintain substantive relationships with fellows through regular communication including in-person meetings, phone calls, and e-mail exchanges and provide support and coaching for fellows as they engage in individualized leadership development activities, short- and long-term planning, and goal setting.
  • Represent the Young People For team at local, state, regional, and national conferences and events.
  • Support the development of relationships with local, state, regional, and national progressive organizations.


  • 1-3 years related experience including grassroots, political, student or youth organizing and/or leadership development work.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment; must be well organized, detail-oriented and able to effectively manage competing priorities and frequent deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to work effectively with a variety of people.
  • Strong commitment to professional development.
  • Excellent written communications skills.
  • Previous experience in staff recruitment and/or job placement desirable.
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize complex information and present in a usable format.
  • Ability to work independently, with supervision, and as part as a team.
  • Ability and willingness to travel occasionally and to work additional hours when needed.
  • Familiarity with MS Office applications; SALSA; and experience with online communities and interest in web-based tools to advance progressive causes.
  • Familiarity with the progressive community and a commitment to the issues of Young People For (campus diversity, civic engagement, civil rights, economic justice, education, environmental conservation and justice, healthcare, immigration, international human rights, worker’s right, Native American issues, traditions, and empowerment, and progressive coalition and alliance building).
  • College degree required.

To apply: Send resume and statement of interest to Human Resources, People For the American Way Foundation, 1101 15th Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005. Email hr@pfaw.org

People For the American Way Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer